Would you stay at a campground if required to wear a mask when outdoors?

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Mask “requirements” are popping up across states everywhere. The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask when away from home, indoors or outdoors.

You can find a helpful list of which states have face masks as a requirement or a recommendation, and which businesses require you to wear them here.

Some states or other government agencies have opened campgrounds with the requirement that you can stay only if wear a mask when outside of your RV. How do you feel about that? If you had a reservation at a campground or RV park but they required you to wear a face mask at all times when outdoors, would you stay there or would you go elsewhere?

Please vote in the poll below and tell us if you’d stay or not. As always, please leave a comment, too, but be respectful of others.

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rEBECCA SMITH
5 months ago

I make great efforts not to wear a mask. I avoid all situations that require one except restaurants. No one is wearing a mask. They are eating! I shop online and have groceries delivered just to avoid mask bullies. I would not camp at a site that requires a mask. I will not wear a mask outside. I am not afraid of spreading this virus. I’m afraid of what I’ll say if anyone tries to give me some lame speech. What the hell is social distancing for then? If you don’t believe keeping 6 feet apart is enough then I guess we are all doomed. Oh and now there is a new swine flu headed our way. Guess that’s it now. End times! Seriously, there have been millions of viruses on this planet throughout time and there always will be. Mask wearing everywhere, no concerts, no graduations, no theatre, no public sports, etc. forever more? This cannot be the ‘new normal’. There is nothing normal about it!

Jane Darrow
5 months ago

I wouldn’t stay at a campground that doesn’t require masks outside!

Ed D.
5 months ago
Reply to  Jane Darrow

That’s your choice Jane. I respect that. So long as you respect my right to not wear one.

Lauren
5 months ago

I think most RV sites are more than 15 feet apart. More than the social distancing requirements. Yes if a potential of a gathering of people.

Darylin
5 months ago

And the large number responding “NO” is the reason we’re still seeing high rising cases nationwide. This isn’t brain surgery, it’s just common sense. The mask isn’t for you, it’s to protect others. Have a little caring for others. It’s not just about you and your comfort.

BrianR
6 months ago

A good analogy for the benefits of wearing a mask: https://twitter.com/giantbunnylove/status/1264187248217600000?s=09

Jesse Younce
5 months ago
Reply to  BrianR

If something floats in the air that you are able to breath in, it will certainly get in your eyes. Your eyes are only a couple inches from your nostrils and your mouth.

Denny
6 months ago

I always have a mask either on my face or in my pocket ready to use. Like the old”do unto others as I would have them do unto me”

Ed D.
5 months ago
Reply to  Denny

My motto is: Do as I please. Don’t worry about others. They can think for themselves and make their own decisions.

Amanda
6 months ago

If off of my campsite I will wear a mask, required to or not ~ I respect other people and want to teach my children to do the same

Robert Nipp
6 months ago

If I expected to be in close contact with strangers in the campground, I would wear a mask. But, I go camping to avoid crowds, not join them. There is no use in wearing a mask while alone outside.

PennyPA
6 months ago

I said ” No” because I have COPD and all masks I’ve seen prevent you from breathing ‘ out’ the CO2 that accumulates in the mask. CO2 is not good for a person with COPD.

Carl Cavitt
4 months ago
Reply to  PennyPA

That’s false information. You will believe anything if you want to believe it regardless if it is true or false. So sad.

Jim O'Briant
6 months ago

I would not stay at a campground that allowed anyone there to be outdoors without a mask.

Anne
6 months ago

Wearing masks saves lives. Doesn’t everyone care how many Americans we lost in just 3 months? Stop the spread so we can go BACK.

Carol
6 months ago

It seems wearing or not wearing a face mask has become political. If Medical professionals wear masks to protect themselves and others it is not political it is intelligent and respectful. I would feel terrible if I infected others and maybe even cause someone’s death. I will wear a mask to protect myself and others.

KStone
6 months ago
Reply to  Carol

I think the issue often with the mask is how often people touch them. Most professionals know not to touch their mask and then touch the door handle etc. The mask is only as good as the wearer.

Goldie
6 months ago

I don’t wear a mask to protect myself, I wear one to protect those who are near to me. It is very disturbing to find how many others are not willing to do that in return. I would have given folks credit for being more respectful and caring of others. It’s very sad that they not only do not care, but are militant about their right to expose others whenever and wherever they wish.

Charlie R.
6 months ago

We have the freedom to choose where we camp or shop. Businesses, which are private property, can set policies like “No shirt, no shoes, no service”, and can add a requirement for a mask. Not a big deal. We can choose not to go to that business.

I disagree with the requirement to wear the mask all of the time, so would find another camp/park to go to.
I do wear a mask when I go into a store, and I observe the social/physical distancing.

LiVan_Life
6 months ago

I answered no, but it’s not because I’m anti mask. It’s because if a cg is so packed that there is no way to follow CDC 6-feel social distancing recommendation, I wouldn’t be there. The latest CDC report states: “In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” My take is that if I’m taking a walk, sitting outside on my site, or visiting others outside the “6-feet social distancing” recommendation, or outside of “areas of significant community-based transmission”, then it’s okay for me to not wear my mask. (CDC page includes list of recent studies for those that want them: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html#studies).

In the rural area of FL in which I live, my county has had 10 cases, no hospitalizations, no deaths and all have recovered. The county that is the shopping hub of our area has had 27 cases, no deaths and all but 3 have recovered to date. The next county, that makes up our rural area, has been hit a little harder because of one woman knowing she was ill (fever, cough, etc.) still went about her normal routine thus causing an outbreak. This county jumped from single digits to 38 cases within a month: 1 hospitalization that resulted death, and 5 have not yet recovered. Thankfully, this woman is not the norm but it does show that one person not being aware, can cause harm to someones husband, father and friend. She didn’t intend for it to happen but it did.

Do I wear my mask when away from my homestead? No, not always but it’s always with me for when it is warranted.

Denis
6 months ago

Disappointed that so many would not wear a mask. I’m not going to make a judgement on them but I am ecstatic that there will be so much room for those of us that would.

Cindy
6 months ago

I guess I want to know why they would be required – what does the campground hope to accomplish? I know they don’t want to be liable. But they need to make it clear a mask is not to protect the wearer, but rather the person they are in contact with. That has been stated many times and yet people don’t seem to get that. Research so far has also shown that not one person has gotten COVID when being around infected people outdoors. The fresh air and sun kill the virus (not I’m not making this up) due to the UV light and other factors. The key is distancing and not having long conversations when you are most likely to be exposed. Masks are not a panacea for this virus.

Matt Johnson
6 months ago

Nope and here is why, If this site would allow me to paste from an article from the US medical foundation you could read it straight from there. In short it says wearing a mask does not prevent the spread of this virus. The Wuhan virus has measurement of 60 to a 120nu. Which means if you’re wearing a homemade cloth mask, a surgical mask, a dust mask like you would buy at home depot, you are actually not doing any good. If you are wearing an N95 mask you are removing approximately 95% of the chance of the virus getting through, if you are wearing the mask properly. And the mask DOES NOT PROTECT THE EXHALING, ONLY THE INCOMING AIR. I have only worked with blood borne pathogens and airborne pathogens and disease control for the last 40 years of my life in combined jobs. If people are requiring you to wear anything short of an N95 you’re actually doing nothing to help stop the spread, with the exception of stopping a small percentage of sneeze or cough droplets, of the Wuhan virus.

Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

Finally someone’s got it right and look at the science to it. Then in the medical world 51 years most people who wear the mask or wearing her on and wearing a piece of cloth of your face is a total waste of time period

Roni
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom

You’re right about air passing thru the mask carrying the virus with it. However, if the person wearing the mask is infected, knowingly or not, their breath contains droplets that can contain the virus, and those droplets are too large to pass thru the fabric of the mask. In effect, wearing a mask over your mouth and nose will do little to protect you from others, but it will prevent virus-laden droplets from leaving your mask and so will protect those you are close to. When combined with a 6′ distance between you and others, you almost certainly will not infect others, even on a windy day. https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/why-wear-face-masks-in-public-heres-what-the-research-shows

S. Oram
6 months ago

Absolutely. Wearing a mask is caring for myself and for other people. The wonderful thing about camping in an RV is that you are totally self contained. We hope State Parks will open soon for overnight RV campers who can be self contained and safe and respectful of fellow campers!

K. Johnson
6 months ago

I find it odd how many people feel that wearing a mask is a challenge to their personal freedom. Do those same people feel their personal freedom is at stake when they see a sign at a restaurant that says “no shirt, no shoes, no service”? Just like I don’t want to eat in a place with a bunch of topless, barefoot people, neither do I want to be near someone I don’t know who is unmasked. A mask is appropriate basic hygiene until a vaccine is available.

anne
6 months ago
Reply to  K. Johnson

It is probably the same people who fought wearing seat belts when that became law. I will wear a mask out of respect for others and myself. Mask it or Casket it!

Cindy
6 months ago
Reply to  K. Johnson

That would be great if masks worked 100% of the time, but the latest research says they do not. Cloth masks are nearly useless and surgical masks are effecting only 75 – 80% of the time. Doctors wear surgical masks to protect you from their saliva, but it doesn’t protect them from yours. The researchers concluded that distancing and not being in close contact with someone for prolonged periods was more helpful. So stand back, keep conversations short, and don’t freak out if someone doesn’t have a mask. Especially if you are outside where you have (so far, according to research again) a 0% chance of infection.

Lauren Baker
6 months ago
Reply to  K. Johnson

is no shirt no shoes no service about the same and yet you don’t hear the outcry for that.

Rebecca
5 months ago
Reply to  K. Johnson

You don’t wear a mask in a restaurant either.